Irish Wolfhounds have a majestic heritage that is believed to date back to 391 AD. Named for their mix, Wolfhounds were used by the Gaels as hunting dogs, who called them Cú Faol (wolfhound). While they might sound like the stuff of legends - they are now known as sweet, affectionate and sometimes silly pets. According to the official the World Canine Federation standards, their desired height is 32 inches (81cm) to 34 inches (86cm).

The tallest of all the American Kennel Club breeds, this enthusiastically large breed of dogs might look intimidating from afar but as their owners can prove in these photos they are just loveable goofballs. Scroll down below to check out this Bored Panda list of hilariously adorable Irish Wolfhounds we have collected from our readers that sent us the pics of their giant dogs as well as some pics found on the internet. Don't forget to upvote your favs and if you want even more, check out our previous post on Irish Wolfhounds as well!

#1

Murphy At 8 Months, He’s Now 4 Years Old And 165lb

Murphy At 8 Months, He’s Now 4 Years Old And 165lb

Reg Ashby Report

It's hard to believe but this highly regarded breed almost went extinct. Irish Wolfhounds were primarily used for hunting in the past so when the number of wolves and elk in Ireland decreased at one point, so did the demand for the breed. By 1800 the breed had thinned out, but Capt. George A. Graham was sure that there were still a few Irish Wolfhounds left in Ireland. In the mid-1800s, the captain made it his mission to find these remainingWolfhounds and use them to revive the breed. Graham crossed the Irish Wolfhounds he found with Scottish Deerhounds to help revive the population.

#2

Throwback To When The Grass Was Green And It Was Just Her And Him

Throwback To When The Grass Was Green And It Was Just Her And Him

lincolnthewolfhound Report

Height isn't the only trait that makes Irish Wolfhounds unique. Most dog breeds come in the same common variations of colors - but usually blue isn't one of them. Pure Irish wolfhounds come in many colors, from cream to black, but some end up as blue. To be technical blue in dogs isn't a color but a color paling effect which dilutes the color pigment of the coat, skin, and eyes - called 'blue dilute.' This trait used to be considered impermissible to the point that the affected puppies were put down at birth or as soon after as their color became obvious. Now it is known that this in no way affects the health of the dog. 

#4

My Irish Wolfhound, Sitting On Grandma’s Lap. He Has No Idea How Big He Is

My Irish Wolfhound, Sitting On Grandma’s Lap. He Has No Idea How Big He Is

sermeryntrantsuxdix Report

Irish Wolfhounds used to hunt large game such as wild boar and deer. With their large stature and skill, they make great hunters and are still even used to this day to herd sheep. One might think that their ability to attack animals would translate into a great guard dog, but you would be mistaken. This breed is not suspicious of strangers, nor are they aggressive towards them.

#6

Big Ron And Big Ern

Big Ron And Big Ern

liddieholt Report

#7

If Lincoln Can’t Be A Couch Dog Then She Will Be A Floor Person

If Lincoln Can’t Be A Couch Dog Then She Will Be A Floor Person

lincolnthewolfhound Report

The earliest written record of an Irish Wolfhound is from 391 A.D., scribed in a letter from a Roman consul to his brother. The consul thanks his brother for his gift of “Irish dogs,” saying, “All Rome viewed them in wonder.” Apparently these “wolfdogs of Ireland” were often gifted to Roman consuls, as well as to kings of other European countries, to shahs of Persia, and other world leaders.

#9

Christmas Morning Pjs

Christmas Morning Pjs

dramtheiw Report

Most models must be tall and lean - so it makes sense that the Irish Wolfhound would make the best canine model of the breeds. These dogs are said to be very photogenic and good in front of the camera, which is why they are frequently used in fashion photography. 

#10

Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast

Nina Smyth Report

#11

Gilligan Sharing A Birthday Kiss With 110 Year Old Mariette

Gilligan Sharing A Birthday Kiss With 110 Year Old Mariette

Cindy Briscoe Hewson Report

#12

Dog-Head Is Served. Enjoy Your Meal!

Dog-Head Is Served. Enjoy Your Meal!

zeusz.dog Report

#13

My Dad, Who Always Complains About The Dogs

My Dad, Who Always Complains About The Dogs

FrrriskyWhiskey Report

#14

Favorite Place To Nap

Luv Kittens Daily

Our 3lb kitten's favorite place to nap is in between her two 180lb Irish Wolfhound brothers.

9:00 AM - 2 Dec 2016

LuvKittensDaily Report

#15

Sloane Got To Sit On My Lap. He Wasn't Excited At All...

Sloane Got To Sit On My Lap. He Wasn't Excited At All...

fashionabilityrose Report

#16

Floki. He’s Such A Sweetheart!

Floki. He’s Such A Sweetheart!

Bonnie Pinkerton Report

#17

Looks Like They're About To Drop The Hottest Music Album Of The Year

Looks Like They're About To Drop The Hottest Music Album Of The Year

satujeu Report

#19

This Is Guinness. He Just Passed Last Month At 9 Years...

This Is Guinness. He Just Passed Last Month At 9 Years...

Parnell Kelly Report

#20

Happy And Houndy Thanksgiving!

Happy And Houndy Thanksgiving!

bigirishdogs1 Report

#21

How He Lies In The Kitchen Waiting For Something To Fall

How He Lies In The Kitchen Waiting For Something To Fall

TJNel Report

#23

When You're The Size Of A Couch

When You're The Size Of A Couch

Gudrun Schmitz‎ Report

#24

Ever Get The Feeling Someone’s Watching You?

Ever Get The Feeling Someone’s Watching You?

lisabobst Report

#25

Manager Amber Is 5ft... Moose Is One Big Boy!

Manager Amber Is 5ft... Moose Is One Big Boy!

thebarkshire Report

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#27

Huge Paw Or Small Hand?

Huge Paw Or Small Hand?

Debbie Park Report

#29

Jarvis Watching His Boy

Jarvis Watching His Boy

Carrie Hodges Report

#30

Naps And Cuddles With Hoomum

Naps And Cuddles With Hoomum

sullytheirishwolfhound Report

#31

Meet Winnie The White Wolfie

Meet Winnie The White Wolfie

winniethewhitewolfie Report

#32

The Space Cowboy And The Gangster Of Love

The Space Cowboy And The Gangster Of Love

HWolfhound Report

#33

This Irish Wolfhound Testing The Ice Cream For His Human

This Irish Wolfhound Testing The Ice Cream For His Human

urturningviolet Report

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#36

My Buddy Chester Almost One Year Old Irish Wolfhound. He Wanted To Look Out The Window

My Buddy Chester Almost One Year Old Irish Wolfhound. He Wanted To Look Out The Window

adeburgh Report

#37

Stanley, 38 Inches At Shoulder, 101 Kilos (223 Pounds) Of Pure Love

Stanley, 38 Inches At Shoulder, 101 Kilos (223 Pounds) Of Pure Love

Dot Morris Report

#38

Me And Auntie Terri

Me And Auntie Terri

enzoandfischtv Report

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